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The Pose and The Stance

You’re out on girls’ night and one of your friends wants to snap a picture. The five of you line up for the pic as an eager waiter holds the digital camera. As he is about to take the picture, your right hand subconsciously holds your waist just above your right hip while your left hand hangs loosely by your left side holding your clutch. You smile and FLASH…

The waiter rushes over to show you his expert camera work on the digital screen and you realize you and all of your friends are in the exact same one-arm-bent-with-hand-holding-waist-just-above-the-hip pose.

You shouldn’t be surprised; that pose is the go-to,  sweet-spot, money-in-the-bank pose every woman has. Don’t believe me? I included numerous examples of female celebrities rocking the pose in this post. I don’t have a research team, so I had to spend many hours scouring the Internet for these pics. It was an arduous task, but someone had to do it…

While there are hundreds of poses out there, this pose is the one celebrities use on their biggest night whether it’s the Oscars, the Grammys, or some other award show that drags on for five hours.

A batting stance in baseball works the same way. There are literally thousands of batting stances used in baseball just like there are thousands of poses in the typical Bazaar, Elle, or Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Edition (again, research). But, there’s only one way to hit a baseball just like there’s only the classic pose that’s to be used on the red carpet.

The many batting stances will all look different before the pitch. Some hitters will have their hands high, some will have an open stance, some will have a frenzy of movement, and some will just look very uncomfortable. But when the ball meets the bat, every good hitter will look identical. I’ve included some pictures of Major League hitters at the moment of contact between ball and bat and you’ll see that the hitters all look the same.

So when Katy Perry sees photographers on the red carpet, muscle memory takes over and she snaps into the pose. A hitter in baseball does the same when he sees the pitch, his muscle memory takes over, and the bat connects with the ball.

And oh by the way, hitters, much like the celeb who perfected her pose, practice their swings in the mirror too…

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Baseball Fashionistas

Ballplayers are gruff, grizzly, and I’m trying to think of another word beginning with “gr” meaning dirty but for the sake of time, I will simply move on. These guys play 162 games in a season with some refraining from washing their jock straps for good luck. All locker rooms smell terrible.

But woe betide the ballplayer rockin’ a uniform that isn’t styling. For as mean and nasty as some ball players seem, they are all very in tune with how to wear their uniforms. This post will show the evolution of the baseball uniform.

These guys below all played the game before the Great Depression. Their uniforms were all made out of wool, the baggy look was in, and some even had collars (Honus Wagner, top right). Ty Cobb in the top left has a long sleeve jersey and Babe Ruth, bottom left, is wearing white undersleeves (no team wears white undersleeves today). His Yankees were the first to incorporate pin stripes and rumor has it that New York adopted pinstripes to make their portly slugger (Ruth) look just a bit more svelte.

Ty CobbHonus WagnerBabe Ruth

Ted Williams (on the left) played a bit after the guys listed above, and he incorporates some of their styles with the baggy look, wool uniform and thick stirrup socks. On the right is Willie Mays. His uniform is much tighter, probably a polyester blend, and his stirrup socks are thin.

Ted WilliamsWillie Mays

The next three ballplayers have all been linked somehow to performance enhancing drugs. Maybe that’s why their uniforms are so tight. I mean, it looks like these guys sprayed their jerseys on. Jose Canseco (top left) is wearing the thin stirrup socks but his era (late 1980’s to mid 1990’s) was the last to make the stirrup sock popular. The next two ballplayers wear their tight pants all the way down to their shoes. Shirt sleeves also seem to hang down to the elbow as opposed to the earlier styles that featured a higher sleeve.

Jose CansecoMark McGwireGary Sheffield

Below is Manny Ramirez, the epitome of the modern baseball uniform style. He wears his uniform roughly nine sizes too large (slight exaggeration). Pants resemble boot-cut jeans that hang over the shoes and the top is even very baggy. Not all players wear their uniforms like Manny, but the norm these days is to have pants that look like casual, loose fitting jeans.

Manny Ramirez

It seems as if baseball fashion has come full circle. Uniforms started baggy, became skin tight, and are now baggy again. Socks went from thick stirrups, to thin stirrups, to solid colors. As for the next big fashion statement on the baseball diamond? Look for ballplayers wearing sunglasses with white frames this season. Dark frames are just so five minutes ago…

Matt HollidayJimmy Rollins

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